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Saving money by sharing data

Andrew Stott, former Director for Transparency and Digital Engagement gives three examples from around the world where sharing data has resulted in huge savings.


In Greater Manchester there are seven municipal authorities plus the health service the police and the fire service, and their whole urban data initiative was paid for out of savings that they could get at each other’s data rather than having to go and beg for it. They worked out that it was costing them £6 million per year just to go and negotiate for access to non-sensitive data.

In British Colombia , in Canada, they launched an open data initiative, and they found that a third of the accesses to that data were coming from internet addresses registered to the government of British Colombia.

And a final example of that; in Catalonia, in Spain, they catalogued their geo-spatial data and found that the four year project to do that catalogue paid for itself in six months, because they no longer had to go and collect again data they’d already got but had forgotten about.

Page last updated: 24/07/2018